Press Release for Friday, March 6, 2009

English Department Presents Sophocles' Antigone Production

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Department of English will present Bertolt Brecht’s adaptation of Sophocles’ “Antigone.” The production opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in the Andrew Robinson Theater on campus.

Subsequent performances include Saturday, April 4; Thursday, April 9; Friday, April 10, and Saturday, April 11, all at 8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m.

General admission is $12; $10, military; and $5, students with a valid ID. Tickets are available at the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878.

The play opens with two sisters discussing the death of their brother, a victim of a dictator’s military machine. An unpopular war, an inept ruler, political rigidity that stifles dissent, failure to act in accord with humanitarian principles and a defiant woman—Brecht’s version of “Antigone”—all resonate today.

As a prologue to the production, student actors will present documentary monologues based on their interviews with local U.S. combat veterans. In true documentary format, each monologue will represent the words of a living veteran or a currently enlisted man or woman.

The UNF Department of English is inviting participating veterans to be its guests at performances and to take part in talk-backs after the show. On Saturday, April 4, a panel discussion on issues raised by the play will follow the production.

For more information about this event, contact David Mackinnon, Department of English, at (904) 620-2273.